The factory is being treated to a £200 million makeover in preparation for production of the Discovery Sport, due to go on sale in 2015, which includes the addition of 250 jobs. That will bring the total workforce to 4,750 – more than three times the number employed there in 2010.
‘In many ways, Halewood has embodied the transformation of Jaguar Land Rover,’ said Halewood Operations Director Richard Else. ‘We have seen our work force treble and production quadruple in just four years. Today we are operating three shifts, 24-hours a day to meet global demand and I am confident that the team will rise to the challenge and deliver a flawless launch of this exciting new model.’
The success of Halewood, which currently produces the Range Rover Evoque and Freelander 2, is even more phenomenal considering that only five years ago JLR came within a whisker of taking government finance to put the Range Rover Evoque into production.